Sunday, September 2, 2012

U.S. Halts Police Training In Afghanistan

Civil Society

The Washington Post has reported that Americans will stop training Afghan Local Police for at least a month in order to carry out intensified vetting procedures on new recruits:
There have been 34 insider attacks this year — at least 12 in August alone — that have killed 45 international troops, putting intense strain on the relationship between coalition forces and the Afghans they live and work with. The shootings also have thrown doubts on one of the pillars of the U.S.-led coalition’s planned withdrawal by the end of 2014 — training Afghan forces so they can take the lead for security in the country.
Lt. Col. John Harrell, a spokesman for U.S. special operations forces in Afghanistan, said the pause in training affects about 1,000 trainees of the Afghan Local Police, a militia backed by the government in Kabul.
The vetting process is indeed a good idea. Yet, this is a setback for the Americans in that training local forces as police officers is one of the necessities to bring legitimate law and order to a region that badly needs it. But local customs and dictates, as well as tribal loyalties, have made this task, enviable as it is, next to impossible.  The insider attacks show to a large degree the difficulty of winning confidence and trust from the people of Afghanistan. The Taliban, for example, wants nothing of western-style democracy in Afghanistan, and they will do all they can to ensure its failure.

You can read the rest of the article at [Washington Post]


  1. After World War II, the United States successfully forced democracy down the throats of Germany and Japan. That was a most undemocratic thing to do, but it worked. Japan and Germany are richer and more moral countries than they ever had been before. Unfortunately, but understandably, Americans don't have the stomach to keep soldiers in Afghanistan indefinitely, risking their lives. Afghanistan doesn't threaten the world the way the Axis Powers did, but radical Islam is a real threat.

    1. I sense that, given its history, the challenges in Afghanistan are different.


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